Biden says ‘no motive’ clear in Colorado nightclub shooting, calls for assault weapons ban

Biden says ‘no motive’ clear in Colorado nightclub shooting, calls for assault weapons ban

President Biden condemned gun violence against the LGBTQ community and attacks on them following Saturday’s mass shooting at Club Q, Colorado.

The president acknowledged there was no motive for the shooting but connected it to the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, Florida six years ago. Police say 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich killed at least five people and injured 18 more in his assault on the nightclub.

” While the motive for this attack is not yet known, we know that the LGBTQI communities have been subject to horrific hate violence in recent decades,” Biden wrote. “Gun violence continues its devastating and particular impact upon LGBTQI communities across the nation, and threats to violence are increasing. It all began six years ago in Orlando when the nation was subject to the worst attack on the LGBTQI community in American History. “

” We must address the public-health epidemic of gun violence in any form. I signed the most important gun safety law in almost three decades earlier this year. In addition to other historic actions, But we must do more. He said that we must pass an assault weapons ban in order to remove weapons of war from America’s streets.


President Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

President Joe Biden speaks at an event at The Queen theatre in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden’s statement came just after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also addressed the attack, calling it a “senseless slaughter of five beautiful souls. “

“The attack at Club Q, which occurred on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance Day, was despicable – further destroying the sense of safety of LGBTQ Americans throughout the country,” she said in a statement. “While Democrats have taken important steps in combating gun violence in Congress, this attack on Club Q is a challenge to the conscience and a reminder to us to keep fighting to do more. “


Police respond to a shooting at the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs.

Police respond to a shooting at Colorado Springs’ Club Q nightclub.

Authorities say no motive has been determined for Saturday’s shooting so far, and they are still investigating whether it was a hate crime. Aldrich is currently being held in Colorado Springs and receiving treatment for injuries. Colorado Springs Police chief Adrian Vasquez said that at least two “heroic” patrons were able subdue Aldrich before police arrived.

Police say they received the first call regarding the attack at 11: 56 p.m. on Saturday, and the first officer was dispatched to the scene at 11: 57. The officer arrived to the scene at 12: 02 a.m. and took the already-subdued suspect into custody before calling for more support.

Police at the scene of the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs. (@TreyRuffy/Twitter)

Colorado Springs police at the scene of Club Q shooting. (@TreyRuffy/Twitter)

The investigation is in its early stages, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene to assist. Many believe the shooting was motivated in part by anti-LGBTQ bias. This includes the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

“You can draw a straight line from the false and vile rhetoric about LGBTQ people spread by extremists and amplified across social media, to the nearly 300 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this year, to the dozens of attacks on our community like this one,” GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said in a statement to the Denver Post.


Club Q described the incident as a “hate attack” in a statement, bud did not respond to a request for clarification from Fox News Digital.

Anders Hagstrom, a Fox News Digital reporter covering national politics as well as major breaking news events, is available for tips. Send tips to, or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.
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